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The Mysterium [Paperback]

Paul Doherty
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Dec 1 2010
In Paul Doherty's brilliant new novel, will Hugh Corbett find the deadly assassin stalking London's streets? February 1304, and London is in crisis. A succession of brutal murders shocks the city as it comes to terms with the fall from power of Walter Evesham, Chief Justice in the Court of the King's Bench. Accused of bribery and corruption, Evesham has sought sanctuary to atone for his sins. When Evesham is discovered dead in his cell at the Abbey of Sion though, it appears that the Mysterium, a cunning killer brought to justice by Evesham, has returned to wreak havoc. Sir Hugh Corbett is ordered to investigate the murder. Has the Mysterium returned or is another killer imitating his brutal methods? As Corbett traces the ancient sins that hold the key to discovering the murderer's identity he must face his most cunning foe yet.

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Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.

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2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not his best Feb. 12 2011
I am an admirer of Paul Doherty books in all their variety and expect a ripping good read with lots of historical atmosphere. Unfortunately, this is a disappointment and, of the ones I have read, the least interesting and atmospheric. I kept on through because I like his style and am in a down period of life, but recommend you try others of his works if this is your first time with PD. This one will not win you to his fan club.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the last of Hugh Corbett? July 4 2010
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
That is a question I'm waiting to find out because the way this book ends it looks like it might be. He reaches the end of his rope with the king's political maneuvering and he walks out on his king. I certainly hope this isn't the end of Corbett. This is an excellent series and this was a great book. The action takes place in London this time. Corbett finds himself in the middle of a deadly prison riot in the beginning of the book, and then people get violently murdered. The more he digs, the more he thinks it's connected to 20-year old murders where it was thought that the murderer left England and now seems to have returned. He delves deeper and deeper into the morass, and finds out things that make him realize that he's dealing with at least two or maybe more murderers. As the bodies start to pile up, he puts the pieces together and figures everything out which results in an explosive ending. This was a page-turner of a book, and I really enjoyed it. Please Mr. Doherty don't give up on Hugh Corbett.
5.0 out of 5 stars Corbett looks back to solve this mystery! June 8 2014
By Billy J. Hobbs - Published on Amazon.com
Paul Doherty has delighted us once more—this time with the 17th Hugh Corbett mystery episode,”The Mysterium.” And he does not disappoint us. As the New York Times notes, Doherty has “ressurectionist magic”!
It is 1304 in the “dead” of winter and a series of murders has caught the direct attention of King Edward I and from the beginning we find ourselves caught up in political (and royal) intrigue. The king does not hesitate to call in his chief investigator, Sir Hugh Corbett, his discreet, honest, trustworthy friend and royal servant.
“Over twenty years ago, a murderer prowled London, a professional assassin who carried out crimes on behalf of the rich and powerful . The Mysterium would remove undesirables, individuals the Great Ones wanted dead: a business rival, or a wife who’d served her purpose,” Sir Hugh tells his trusty clerk Ranulf. “He didn’t just kill silently, he left his own message.” Indeed, his victims were left with a “M” scratched on his forehead. “The Mysterium was arrogant, baiting judges, sheriffs, even the Crown itself,” Sir Hugh adds.
Of course, just because the King has commissioned Corbett not only to investigate, but find this Mysterium we know that the succession of murders will continue. And, over the remainder of these 372 page, the plotting, the brilliant mind-work, the plodding footwork all pay off and, needless to say, it is no surprise that Corbett’s investigation lead us to the inevitable, to the murderer. Doherty is no stranger to leading the reader along, with twists and turns that are both intriguing and interesting. What a prolific writer he is, as, over the years he has created at least seven historical fiction series, as well as a number of stand alone books. Doherty does leave us with a lingering thought, though, and his fans will be eagerly looking forward to an 18th installment!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another of Doherty's quality mysteries. Sept. 7 2013
By Phil R Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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Among the best of the series. Kept me guessing almost until the last page. However I still prefer his Brother Aethelstan series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some ......... Nov. 25 2012
By Aj Ahrens - Published on Amazon.com
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While I enjoyed this book, I don't feel it's up to the standard of some of them. The question is: will there be any more in the series. I suspect there will be as the relationship between Sir Hugh and Ranulf clearly was unresolved in the Mysterium. I certainly hope this isn't the last book as I really enjoy the series, almost as much as I enjoy the Athelstan books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read Aug. 10 2011
By Robert D. Dominiec - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm always amazed how good a writer Doherty is. At first I thought the book began slow but the details of a good complex story line emerged and grabbed me totally. There's less action than I initially expected but rich essence gave it a more rewarding read. I would definitely recommend this for any Doherty or amy historical mystery reader.
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